Kenjilo Nanao Biography

Kenjilo Nanao




Born in Aomori, Japan on July 26, 1929, Kenjilo (Kenji) Nanao first became known for his color lithographs, reminiscent of Japanese Shunga prints. He studied with Nathan Olivera at the San Francisco Art Institute after studying economics at Nihon University; in the 1980's he shifted his focus to painting.

Chronology: Asagaya Art Academy, Fine Arts (1948-1951), San Francisco Art Institute, Graphics (1960-1963), Brooklyn Museum Art School (1963-1964), Ford Foundation grant for study at Tamarind Lithography Workshop (1968), San Francisco Art Institute, M.F.A. (1970); teaches the graphic arts at California State University, Hayward; group exhibitions throughout the U.S.; Public collections: Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C., City of San Francisco, Pasedena Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, Cincinnati Museum of Art, Honolulu Academy of Art, Gruenwald (University of California, Los Angeles), Achenbach Foundation; one-man show, CPLH, 1973.

Kenji Nanao died in Berkeley, California on May 13,2013.